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"A Child's Touch..." History

  • Relocation

    After 12 years at our Federal Heights location, we decided to try to relocate “A Child’s Touch” to 9141 Poze Blvd. in Thornton, CO.
  • Volunteers Needed Letter

    Volunteers Needed Letter
    Volunteers Needed Letter
  • Zoning for Daycare

    The process of receiving the proper city authorization for daycare at this facility took 6 ½ months. During this period there was extensive opposition regarding A.C.T. and its proposed use for the property. After review of our plans by the Architectural Review Board, City Planning Commission and two City Council meetings, A.C.T. was granted the proper zoning for daycare.
  • Renovation - Part 1

    During the time between the city and our closing date, April 14, 1989, our present and former parents were organized into a work force for renovation. Renovation consisted of taking a 30 year old church, with its large sanctuary, old bathrooms, kitchen and nine Sunday School rooms and completely “gutting” each room.
  • Renovation - Part 2

    A 40’ long, 2’ wide, 2’-4’ deep trench was jack-hammered out of the foundation to allow a sewer line extension. In addition, we “up-sized” the electrical, gas, water and sewer capability to handle “total build out” of present and future expansions.
  • Renovation - Part 3

    With the help of our Saviour who provided us with dedicated parents, and exceptional effort by A.C.T. staff and many new friends, we completed the project in 8 weeks!!! A.C.T. stands as a tribute to all those special people who were willing to give if their time to make this school a reality.
  • Compliance and Code Requirements

    Thornton City Building department required all building construction be in compliance with existing codes and under supervision and review by each department. Thornton’s Fire Department required the addition of 3 exterior doors, all fire rated doors and windows in the fire corridor, alarm system and fire hydrant on premises.
  • Health and Safety Code

    State Department of Social Services required all rooms to meet proper health and safety codes as well as extensive review of our kitchen and food areas. City Landscaping required a wooden fence (over 2,000 1x6’s) around the perimeter of the back property line, rock (80,000 tons) on city easement, upgrading sod areas, 40 trees (2” caliper) and approximately 200 shrubs.
  • Watering the New Plants

    Watering the New Plants
    Watering the New Plants
  • Overview of Blank Slate

    Overview of Blank Slate
    Overview of Blank Slate
  • Empty Back Yard

    Empty Back Yard
    Empty Back Yard
  • Front of Building

    Front of Building
    Front of Building
  • Landscaping the Front

    Landscaping the Front
    Landscaping the Front
  • Holes in the Floor

    Holes in the Floor
    Holes in the Floor
  • Landscaping has Begun

    Landscaping has Begun
    Landscaping has Begun
  • Revamping the Floor

    Revamping the Floor
    Revamping the Floor
  • Supplies in the Great Room

    Supplies in the Great Room
    Supplies the Great Room
  • Back Fence

    Back Fence
    Back Fence
  • Interior Demolition

    Interior Demolition
    Interior Demolition.
  • Interior Stripped

    Interior Stripped
    Interior Stripped
  • Preparing the Floor

    Preparing the Floor
    Preparing the Floor
  • Empty Back Area 1

    Empty Back Area 1
    Empty Back Area
  • Empty Back Area 2

    Empty Back Area 2
    Empty Back Area 2
  • Front Street Side

    Front Street Side
    Front Street Side.
  • Interior Renovation

    Interior Renovation
    Interior Renovation
  • In the Kitchen

    In the Kitchen
    In the Kitchen.
  • Interior Work

    Interior Work
    Interior Work.
  • Landscaping the Front

    Landscaping the Front
    Landscaping the Front.
  • On the Floor

    On the Floor
    On the Floor
  • Overview

    Overview
    Overview
  • Opposite Overview

    Opposite Overview
    Opposite Overview
  • Overview

    Overview
    Overview
  • WOW!

    We ended up with a beautiful kitchen, 4 new bathrooms, 3 classroom areas and a toddler wing. WOW!
  • News Recognition

    Midway through renovation, many of the neighbors who originally opposed the center began recognizing the positive change in the daycare site. This led to two articles in the Sentinel and Rocky Mountain News. The facts for the articles came from Dave Dodson, leader of the opposition to the school. I, Mike Grillo, personally recognize Dave as a personal friend and valuable neighbor to :A Child’s Touch…”. A friendship that was forged first out of adversity, then out of mutual respect.
  • Kind class of 1989

    Kind class of 1989
    Kind class of 1989
  • Broken Ground

    Broken Ground
    Broken Ground
  • Foundation is in!

    Foundation is in!
    Foundation is in!
  • Lot Framed In

    Lot Framed In
    Lot Framed In
  • Roof Going on.

    Roof Going on.
    Roof Going On.
  • New Building

    After our opening June 9, 1989 we continued to “upgrade” and work on the daycare site. In September 1989, we broke ground on our new building which would eventually be used for Recovery Station, Art Lab, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs. Under the supervision of Bryan Wass, our licensed contractor and staff member, we built the addition in approximately seven months. Again a large amount of the work was done by Bryan and Mike Grillo, with the help of parents with expertise and contacts
  • Pre-K Addition Starting

    Pre-K Addition Starting
    Pre-K Addition Starting
  • Scaffolding inside

    Scaffolding inside
    Scaffolding Inside